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Northshore Living article about The Easter Show & Queen B

A lovely little article in the April issue of both North Shore Living and Peninsula Living magazines.


See the article here... or read the text below:

The Easter Show
By Brooke Gilliland

In its 1823 debut, the Sydney Royal Easter Show's main feature was merely a selection of horses, cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry.  This year, the show has ballooned to be Australia's largest event and will boast not only over 14,000 animals, but also feats like sword swallowing, hypnotism and mid-air back-flipping by motocross bikers.

Annually attracting more than one million people, the Sydney Royal Easter Show aims to bring the best of the country to the heart of the city, celebrating traditions of agricultural excellence while providing incredible entertainment.

This year's show will include a bush-whacker lumberjack competition, a frog and reptile show and a rodeo every night of the event - to mention a few.

"This is a great opportunity to meet up with country cousins, see the best in agriculture and enjoy hundreds of hours of entertainment all day, every day.  There is truly something for everyone," says Michael Collins, general manager and member of the Royal Agricultural Society (RAS), which runs the show each year.

Neutral Bay's Cate Burton of Queen B beeswax candle shop in Brookvale is excited about this year's competition.  Though her candles have won ribbons in the beeswax candle competition in the last four years, she says developing a new products each year is always a challenge.

"It's exciting trying to come up with new ideas," says Cate, who has been making beeswax candles for nine years now.  "I strive to stay ahead of what other people are doing.  It keeps me on my toes coming up with new innovations."

Queen B prides itself on its organic, handmade pure beeswax candles.  All the candles the company makes are free from paraffin, soy and palm wax, as Cate is very committed to helping the environment.  Her Eco-bulb candles won first prize in the show two years ago and were subsequently used by the World Wildlife Fund's Earth Hour.

Aside from here time at the beeswax candle booth, Cate says she "absolutely loves" the Easter Show.  I hadn't done for well over 15 years until I went four years ago to volunteer on the honey stand and just loved it," Cate explains.

"This show is a great way to see how and where things are grown.  There is a huge wealth of knowledge here.  It's something you don't want to miss."

Ticket prices range from $34 for adults to $22.50 for children.  Any surplus from the ticket sales is used to support education, and the RAS has donated $215.000 to 48 schools in the last couple of years to help pay for books and scholarships.

The 14-day event kicks off on April 14 with the opening ceremony, which will feature an appearance by Hon. Governor General, Ms Quentin Bryce, and a grand parade.

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